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SPLC launches voting rights legal team, testifies before U.S. House panel in Alabama

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 15:16
Ever since state and local law enforcement officers attacked peaceful civil rights marchers with billy clubs and tear gas on “Bloody Sunday” in 1965, Alabama has been at the epicenter of the fight for voting rights.

Following SPLC lawsuit, judge grants New Orleans students the chance to walk on graduation day

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:50
A state court in Louisiana issued an injunction today that allowed six high school seniors to participate in graduation ceremonies at their New Orleans charter school after they were banned from doing so following a minor senior prank last month.

Anti-LGBTQ Hate Groups Co-Sponsor United Nations Event

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:06
The United Nations will serve as the venue for anti-LGBTQ hate groups when it hosts the “It Takes a Family” event Wednesday.

Florida governor signs disastrous private school voucher bill

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 14:07
By signing S.B. 7070 into law yesterday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis set his state on the path to further decimate its public schools through an unprecedented expansion of private school vouchers.

SPLC Action Fund: Alabama House Bill 380 would limit paroles, increase prison overcrowding

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 11:38
The Alabama House of Representatives this week passed House Bill 380 (HB 380), which would give the governor more control over the state parole board and set minimum sentences that incarcerated people must serve before they can be released on parole.

SPLC argues in court against “turnback” policy that blocks immigrants from seeking asylum

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 10:27
After three MS-13 gang members threatened Dinora and her 17-year-old daughter with death, they kidnapped them from their home in Honduras and repeatedly raped them. 

Weekend Read: Brown v. Board of Education and modern-day segregation

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 08:38
Friday marks the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the unanimous ruling that outlawed racial segregation in public schools as a violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

After Judge’s Ruling, Charlottesville May Be Stuck With Statues of Confederate Generals Lee, Jackson

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 12:25
A judge has ruled that a civil rights-era law forbidding the removal of “war memorials” applies to Confederate statues that became flashpoints during a deadly Virginia gathering of white nationalists and neo-Nazis.

Extremists Purge Hateful Messages After Christchurch Massacre

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 07:21
A network of far-right extremists is self-censoring, and in at least one instance mass-deleting, content from several key online communities following the devastating terror attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Lawsuit challenges massive overuse of solitary in Florida prisons

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 07:47
Admire Harvard has spent nearly 10 years locked up in solitary confinement in the Florida prison system.  

SPLC Action Fund: Demand transparency, accountability in Louisiana schools

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 14:28
The Louisiana House Education Committee today voted unanimously in favor of House Bill 160, which would require school districts in the state to collect data on school climate and school discipline.

SPLC Action Fund: SB 108 puts bail bond industry before low-income Louisianans

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 13:53
The Louisiana House Insurance Committee today voted in favor of Senate Bill 108, which would absolve bail bond companies from having to refund as much as $6 million overcharged to approximately 50,000 New Orleans families after the commissioner of insurance found that the companies systematically overcharged people for the last 14 years.

Federal judge orders reforms to prevent suicides in Alabama prisons

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 13:19
Nearly two years after a federal judge deemed mental health care for Alabama’s prisoners “horrendously inadequate,” the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is again the subject of a scathing court order in the SPLC’s long-running Eighth Amendment case against the department.

Internet companies must act to combat white nationalist movement

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 10:24
The list of terrorists linked to a globalized white nationalist movement keeps getting longer and longer. And it will keep growing.

SPLC Action Fund: Florida Legislature passes unnecessary bill that would preserve vestige of shameful Jim Crow-era voting restrictions

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 06:59
The Florida Legislature on Friday passed Senate Bill 7066, a piece of legislation that is not only unnecessary but that actually contradicts the will of voters who last year approved Amendment 4, a measure that restored voting rights to people with past felony convictions who have served their sentences.

Anti-LGBT Hate Group Leader Steven Anderson Banned From the Netherlands and the Schengen Zone

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 14:33
The Netherlands banned Steven Anderson, pastor of Arizona anti-LGBT hate group Faithful Word Baptist Church, from the country, bringing the number of nations that bar Anderson from entry to 31.

SPLC Action Fund: Florida Legislature’s criminal justice reform bill is a baby step at best

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 13:27
The Florida Legislature today approved House Bill 7125 as the long-discussed criminal justice reform legislation that will be sent for Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign into law.

Two Members of Rise Above Movement Plead Guilty in Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' Rioting Case

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 13:17
The leader of the antisemitic and racist Rise Above Movement and a fellow member of the group pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of conspiracy to riot.

SPLC Action Fund: Florida immigration enforcement bill dangerous, unnecessary and unconstitutional

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 08:25
The Florida Legislature this week passed Senate Bill 168, which would ban so-called “sanctuary cities.”

Weekend Read: Extremist attacks on houses of worship

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 08:09
Last weekend was marked by another horrifying attack on a congregation. Worshippers at a synagogue in Poway, California, were celebrating the last day of Passover when a gunman, apparently influenced by online white supremacist propaganda, opened fire.